What is Kratom & How Does it Work?


11 Apr, 20240

What is Kratom & How Does it Work?

With the ever-growing interest in alternative therapies, many people are turning to natural remedies to help them cope with the stresses of everyday life. One such alternative that has been widely used in Southeast Asia for centuries is kratom. Here is everything you need to know about kratom use.

In this article, you’ll learn:

What is kratom?

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is an evergreen tree native to Southeast Asian rainforests and part of the coffee plant family. Southeast Asian farmers have become experts in growing and harvesting kratom, and to this day, the highest-quality kratom available in the world comes from this region.

Kratom leaves have been harvested for centuries for their medicinal properties as an aid to workers who work long, arduous days in the fields.

Where is kratom grown?

Kratom is grown in India, Borneo and Thailand. Indonesia accounts for 95% of kratom production. We source our kratom from verified expert kratom farmers in Indonesia with whom we’ve built solid and lasting relationships. Our kratom products have the highest purity and quality. Read our company reviews!

How does kratom work?

Kratom leaves contain two alkaloids: mitragynine and 7-α-hydroxy mitragynine. These act on the opioid receptors in the brain. Taking kratom can have stimulant effects, calming effects, or offer relief from discomfort, depending on the strain, vein and dosage. 

Traditionally, people chewed kratom leaves or brewed them to make tea. Today, consumers ingest kratom in several convenient ways, including powder and capsules. Capsules take longer to dissolve in your stomach, so the onset is slightly slower. You can also take kratom extract, a more concentrated form that can be made into teas and oils or used as a potent powder. 

Some people find the taste of kratom powder to be bitter and earthy. The recommendation is to start with low doses and move to higher doses once you know how it affects you. Never mix kratom with other drugs or alcohol.

What is kratom used for?

Kratom use has a few benefits depending on how much you take and which type you choose. Low doses of kratom can give you an energy boost, help you focus and be alert, and can make you a bit more sociable. Higher doses tend to have a general feeling of well-being and relaxation.  

Kratom veins and strains

There are two ways to categorize kratom. For our purposes, we’ll refer to them as veins and strains. Veins refer to the vein color in the kratom leaf. These have different effects on your opioid receptors and body. Generally, strains refer to where the kratom was grown. The climate and soil affect its active substances.

Kratom veins

Kratom leaves have four primary vein colors: white, red, green, and yellow. The age of the kratom tree and the age of the leaves, when harvested, can affect the potency and alkaloid makeup of kratom. 

White Vein Kratom

White Vein Kratom has lower levels of mitragynine (pain reducer/sedative) and higher levels of 7-OH (for energy and focus). Think of a young, energetic teenager with boundless enthusiasm and energy. 

Popular White Vein Kratom batches include Elephant, Bali, Borneo, Maeng Da, Malay, Horn, Indo, Sumarinda, and Thai.

Uses and benefits of White Vein Kratom: Mental clarity, alertness, and focus, energy boost, and mood enhancement 

Red Vein Kratom

Red Vein Kratom can be thought of as the calm and mature one. It has higher quantities of mitragynine but is lower in 7-OH. It has a calming effect and potential relief from discomfort from aches. Think of Red Vein Kratom as a sage-like older man meditating on a mountaintop.

Popular Red Vein Kratom batches include Maeng Da, Bali, Borneo, Chocolate, Dragon, Elephant, Hulu Kapuas, Sumatra, and Thai

Uses and benefits of Red Vein Kratom:

  • Calming and relaxing effect on your body
  • Stress relief
  • Insomnia
  • Mood enhancement
  • A feeling of happiness and ease
  • Relieve muscle tension

Green Vein Kratom

Green Vein Kratom contains high amounts of both mitragynine and 7-Oh. Greens tend to be the most potent form of kratom. They can provide the stimulating alertness of the White Vein Kratom and the calm composure of the Red Vein Kratom. Think of a 30-40-something-year-old who enjoys a party but can also happily sit on the couch watching Netflix.

Popular Green Vein Kratom batches include Ketapang, Maeng Da, Borneo, Dragon, Horn, Hulu Kapuas, Sumatra, Malay, and Thai.

Uses and benefits of Green Vein Kratom:

  • A mild energy and motivation boost
  • It may help with anxiety and boost confidence to make social situations easier
  • Mood enhancement and a feeling of happiness

Yellow Vein Kratom

Yellow Vein Kratom uses a different drying process than the other Kratom veins, which changes its color and effects. It falls between Green Vein Kratom and Red Vein Kratom and is excellent for general well-being. Popular Yellow Vein Kratom batches include Gold Bali, Vietnam, and Borneo

Uses and benefits of Yellow Vein Kratom:

  • A mild energy and motivation boost
  • A feeling of well-being 
  • It can help relieve aches and various discomforts.

Kratom strains

The names of kratom strains often come from geographic areas. Sometimes, they denote the feeling one gets from the strain (e.g., Bali relaxation).

Some of the most common kratom strains include:

Malay: A popular type is the Green Malay Kratom, which acts as a stimulant to help with focus and mindset and to provide clarity.  

Sumatra: Users of Red Sumatra Kratom report that it can relieve stress or help as a sleep aid. White Sumatra Kratom can give you an energy perk and a feeling of well-being.  

Maeng Da: Maeng Da means ‘pimp grade’ and is usually a blend of the farmer’s most potent strains. It is one of the most popular blends, often used as a replacement for your morning coffee.

Bali: Bali Kratom, a more chilled strain, receives its name from the relaxed lifestyle of Bali. However, it is not actually from Bali. 

Find out more about kratom today

Kingdom Kratom’s team of passionate experts looks forward to answering your questions about how kratom can help you. Try our sample packs to determine the best fit for you! And remember, our guarantee policy is the best on the market – we stand by our excellent product.


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